Good morning!! Apologies for the radio silence around here. It’s officially summer so please bare with me as my blog posts come in ebbs and flows!! These past few weekends have been quite the whirlwind with traveling to Fire Island and Connecticut over Memorial Day weekend, spending time with my family in Newport, and visiting Amagansett last weekend! With all of this travel to iconic east coast locations, I have to fill you guys in on my new favorite beach bag. Insert: Poolside bags. If you’re an avid visitor to Montauk and have been to the Montauk Beach House, you may be familiar with the Poolside pop up shop. They have the best in swimwear, summer clothing, jewelry/accessories and of course beach bags! What I love most about Poolside’s beach bags is that they are 100% customizable. You can pick the size of the beach bag, a funny/personal quote and the color of the thread! I customized my beach bag a few weeks ago and I cannot wait for it to arrive in the mail! It takes a few weeks for your custom order to be shipped so that’s why I wanted to get it on your guys’ radar now. Of course I’ll be sharing it all over my instagram as soon as mine arrives! You can shop numerous beach bags on Moda Operandi – I’ve included a few of my favorites below! Happy beaching! Xo. Lauren
A modern Hamptons home is exactly what this chilly week is calling for, am I right?!
I came across this beautiful Hamptons home tour on Arch Digest earlier this week and had to recreate the look. You guys know I tend to swoon over traditional beach houses with blue and white color schemes but surprisingly, I fell in love with this modern hamptons home, too! Masculine leather chairs, vintage ship artwork and a traditional dark wood coffee table + end tables has me wanting to move in asap. I’ve recreated the look for less for you today! Scroll on for product info.
You know I love a good summer weekend in the Hamptons. Whenever I travel out east, it’s pretty random where I stay. Last summer I stayed at my company’s house in East Hampton, at the Montauk Yacht Club with Jess and Lauren, Sag Harbor with Cadillac and Amagansett with friends. This past weekend I jumped in on a friend’s share house in Montauk. The location was perfect – walking distance from Surf Lodge and only a 12 minute walk to downtown!
If you’ve ever been to the Hampton’s, you know it’s expensiveeee – whether it’s hotels, food, ubers. You name it, Montauk is expensive. Anywho, after exploring Montauk this past weekend, I thought I’d share what to do in 48 hours since that is a typical time frame you would travel to and from the city.
Day 1 –Friday Afternoon
Getting there: Yes, there’s an airport but unless you’re catching FlyBlade, you’re commuting out with the rest of Manhattan. You’re best bet? Catch the 1:43pm train out of Penn Station. You will have to transfer at Jamaica. Quickly frolick as cute as possible with your sun hat in hand to the next train – you cannot stand for the entire 3 hour train ride to Montauk!!! Also, do not forget the rose! The LIRR is the only way to drink and drive through the Hampton’s.
Arrive in Montauk Friday evening. Walk downtown to Gig Shack for dinner. Order the spicy tuna tartar taquitos, oysterys, billy goat salad, and mushroom risotto. After dinner, walk over to Montauk Beach House or South Edison for an after dinner cocktail.
Day 2 – Saturday
Attend 9:30am Soul Cylce class (because you know we have to work off all of the rose from the night before). If you don’t end up getting into Soul, head to Surf Lodge to attend one of their kick-ass weekend fitness classes. This series is a part of their “wellness program” that runs through Labor Day. After class, walk down S. Edgemere Street to the plaza. Have breakfast Joni’s – prepare yourself, there will most likely be a line full of hip Montauk locals.
After breakfast, walk down Montauk Highway back to the plaza. Pop in Montauk Clothing for a cute, casual crew neck sweatshirt. Swing by Kelly B Boutique, Gansett Lane Home, or Montauk Carriage House for the sweetest home décor gifts. There’s also an amazing pop-up shop currently happening at Montauk Beach House. After shopping, head to Navy beach for a bite to eat and some rest and relaxation. Navy Beach is one of Montauk’s best beachfront restaurants with casual, coastal cuisine. Order the Navy burger.
Saturday night head to Ruschmeyer’s for dinner. Sit outside on the back patio (get there early if you don’t have a reservation). Order the market salad, watermelon with shiso and peanuts, and margharitta pizza.
Day 3 – Sunday
Review all of your Snapchats from the night before before heading to Naturally Good for breakfast. Order the organic egg sandwich with cheddar. After breakfast, head to Ditch Plains beach – don’t forget your turkish towel and suncreen. Ditch Plains Beach has beautiful cliffs and is great for cutie surfer watching. Other local must-stop by beaches include Gin Beach, South Edison Beach or Hither Hills State Park. After a day in the sun, head to Surf Lodge at 5:30 for their Sunday evening concert series. Expect a laid-back California vibe. Order their “Juliet” rose. Catch 9:30pm Jitney home.
I cannot believe how quickly we are approaching Labor Day! This summer has been a blast and somehow I’ve managed to make my way to the Hamptons every weekend in August – not that I am complaining or anything – but this past weekend was particularly fun as Jess, Hallie and myself were invited to stay at a quaint cottage in Sag Harbor with Cadillac. The brand let us borrow a fabulous CTS all weekend so we could explore the various shops of Sag Harbor and South & East Hampton.
We also were invited to attend a few parties at a private estate thrown by Ivy Connect, a members only social networking group full of entrepreneurs and other young professionals – my kind of people. The private estate was preeeetty amazing. I would love to decorate a mansion or two with that type of property. It definitely confirmed that I need a house in the Hamptons at one point or another (wishful thinking?). Anywho, we attended a pool party during the day on Saturday followed by a cocktail charity event Saturday evening to benefit Building Blocks for Change.
Sunday we roamed around the downtown of Sag Harbor and East Hampton to get our shopping fix.
I absolutely love the Ralph Lauren store in East Hampton hidden among greenery and hydrangeas.
We also discovered this little antique shop in Sag Harbor. It had this amazing brass lamp for $1,400 dollars that needs a beautiful home stat. If I had the space, I’m pretty sure I would have invested in the lamp right on the spot. I also loved this tufted leather chair and trunk below.
After our shopping spree, we headed back to the pool for a little R&R. All in all it was a fabulous weekend getaway. A big thank you again to Cadillac for hosting us! Can’t wait for our next adventure. Xo. Lauren